Osinbajo inaugurates Competitiveness Advisory Council, appoints Dangote as co-chairman

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[Abuja]–The Acting President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on Tuesday inaugurated the National  Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council with a directive to create the chance for Nigeria to be competitive in international trade.

The inauguration took place at the Presidential villa, where the Acting President said the council’s duty was not just patriotic but one to enable Nigerians to create livelihoods for themselves.

“It is not just a patriotic duty but I believe that it is what will rescue and save our country and give our country a real chance to be competitive in global business and commerce.

“And to give our people a fair chance of being able to create livelihood for themselves, jobs and all of those things that will make for a nation of people who are happy and satisfied.”

While observing that the council members represented the crème de la crème of industry and business in Nigeria as a group and working with the public sector, Osinbajo declared that if the council cannot get it right then it is unlikely that the country can never get it right.

“Even the most successful experiments ended up in stagnation because government simply does not make the best business men or women.

“Government simply is not motivated enough,’’ he said.

He said that many of the council members had come to a point where it was not just enough to be wealthy of successful especially in a country with enormous potential.

Osinbajo added that even to make more profits the environment  needed to improve.

“I am really excited that that we are starting something today which I strongly believe that if we do it right we have a chance to turn things around permanently in the country,’’ the Acting President said.

“I think that what we have tried to do by creating this council is to be able to put policy to test and policy to examination.

“So that there is a process by which the private sector is able to contribute to policy implementation but more importantly also to developing those policies,’’ he said.

The Vice President is the chairman of the council with the two ministers of Industry, Okechukwu Enelamah and Aisha Abubakar as chairs of the public sector team.

Also Alhaji Aliko Dangote chairs the private sector group with Atedo Peterside as alternate chairman.

He acknowledged that the key thing was implementation adding that while the private sector had the smartest people in the world, the public sector had the technocrats.

He urged for the collaboration of both sectors to solve many of the problems confronting the industrial sector, including creating good industrial hubs and solving power problems.

Below is the full list of the council as published by NAN:

All The Members of the Council:

Acting President Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (Chairman)

Minister, Industry Trade and Investment, Dr. Okechukwu Enelamah (Vice-Chairman, Public Sector)

Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Aisha Abubakar (Alternate Vice-Chairman, Public Sector)

President, Dangote Group, Alhaji Aliko Dangote (Vice-Chairman, Private Sector)

Chairman, ANAP Business Jets Ltd, Mr. Atedo Peterside (Alternate Vice-Chairman, Private Sector)

OTHER PRIVATE SECTOR MEMBERS:

Chairman, Nigerian Breweries and PZ Cussons Chief Kola Jamodu

Chairman, BUA Group Alhaji Abdulsamad Rabiu

Chairman, IVM Innoson Group of Companies Limited Dr. Innocent Ifediaso Chukwuma

GMD, Chi Foods Nigeria Mr. Rahul Savara

Chairman, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc Mr. John Coumantarous

CEO, Emzor Pharmaceuticals Mrs. Stella Okoli

Country Head, Olam Mr. Mukul Mathur

President/CEO Beloxxi Industries Limited Mr. Obi Ezeude

MD/CEO Fidson Healthcare Plc Dr. Fidelis Ayebea

Founder, Flutterwave Mr. Iyinoluwa Aboyeji

President & CEO, GE Business Operations Nigeria Mr. Lazarus  Angbazo

CEO, Jumia Mrs. Juliet Anamah

CEO, SecureID Nigeria Ltd Mrs. Kofo Akinkugbe

Chairman/C.E.O, AMMASCO International Limited Alhaji Ado  Mustapha

Chairman, KAM Industries Alhaji Kamaldeen Yusuf

Chairman, United Textiles Plc Alhaji Adamu Atta

Chairman Candel Corporation; CEO Swift Networks Mr. Charles  Anudu

Chairman, Rumbu Sacks Nigeria Limited Alhaji Ibrahim Salisu Buhari

Chairman, Tofa Group Mr. Isiaku Tofa

MD/CEO Proforce Limited Mr. Ade Ogundeyin

President, Manufacturers Association of Nigeria Dr. Frank Udemba Jacobs

OTHER PUBLIC SECTOR MEMBERS:

1.   Hon. Minister for Budget & National Planning, Senator Udoma Udo Udoma

2.    Hon. Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun

3.   Hon. Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Chief Audu Ogbeh

4.   Hon. Minister for Power, Works & Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola

5.   Hon. Minister for Transportation, Chief Rotimi Amaechi

6.   Hon. Minister of State, Petroleum Resources Dr. Ibe Kachikwu

7.   Hon. Minister for Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi

8.   Hon. Minister for Science & Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu

9.   Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria, Mr. Godwin Emefiele

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

1.   Economic Adviser to the President Dr. Yemi Dipeolu

2.   Trade Adviser/Chief Negotiator Amb. Chiedu Osakwe

3.   MD, Bank of Industry Mr. Kayode Pitan

4.   Exec. Director/CEO, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, Mr. Olusegun Awolowo

5.   Executive Secretary, Nigeria Investment Promotion Commission Ms. Yewande Sadiku

6.   Statistician-General, National Bureau of Statistics Dr. Yemi Kale

7.   CEO, Economic Associates Dr. Ayo Teriba




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